Posts Tagged ‘art’

Why i abandoned the “creative” commons concept.

December 25, 2008

We live in an age where many things are connected, we are connected to the electricity, the water we drink and music and art that we “i” absord. Plus a lot of toxic stuff.

The american indians said to the white folk as they arrived to the US, so i heard. “”you can’t eat petrol””. Someone also told me that the wise people within the tribes often were thinking seven generations away with their way of thinking. Could it be that the indian people let the white folk take their land and destroy everything “possibly” becauase they refused to allow their culture to migrate to the “”anglo saxon”white mans world””?

To go on about creative commons “corporation”. Corporations are about maximum profit. If the art/written- that we create has no value, then the human right of a person to create as they choose may be lost for ever. Is this such a great thing?

From my view, the power of the commons is huge, yet the power of the individuals rights are going to be lost if the creativity of you are of no value or of value in a non-commercial way, cause how can commercial enterprise exist when the property of the people is free?

So when you I or anyone else give away something for free, without asking for reward in return, the rewards culture that we live in, no-longer has value. What does this equate to in the end? Who can say?

When something is free, people abuse it, the donkey did not win in animal farm, the pig did, yet maybe i just live in the illusion of this, maybe the donkey did win.

My experience of life after living in the Czech republic is this. Leave a door open and people are going to walk in and take what they can. Lock the door and someone probably has a key anyway.

The philosophy of the communist times was, as i have been told, “if you don’t steal it, your stealing from your family”. This way of thinking looks to have been passed on, what communism has done to the culture here in Eastern block is sad for even the people that exploited the rights. Yet maybe this philosophy of stealing developed only after the Russians brought their tanks to Prague. For sure the hat just changed color.

when i go to markets i find peoples histories thrown to the trash. As if they had no value. Excuse the opinions on Christmas day. Santa clause is not a guy that walks through the subway.

ioda alliance and itsaboutmusic a digital nightmare

August 1, 2008

digital disaster story. around the digital block.

When the web got going with digital distribution, i found this site on the net called itsaboutmusic. i allowed this site to put the tunes up on through a digital click and paying some money via credit card. shut down because of legal problems with the way they were dealing with music. After MP3 shut down, itsaboutmusic signed a deal with IODA alliance to distribute all the artists they had previously had with, yet did not tell the artists. Prior to this happening I sent a mail to itsaboutmusic saying I wanted to be in control of digital rights. i then put the songs with cdbaby for digital distribution.

itsaboutmusic did not take down the songs from IODA, so the songs are with 2 distributors, this created digital distribution problems. tunes were available on the JJJ website in Australia, yet cdbaby could not tell me how. Then started to think that the distributor of cds in Australia must be digitally distributing, more confused? canceled digital distribution through cdbaby, figured no-one has the rights to the tunes.

The songs still remained on JJJ site, lots of emails latter found that the songs were being distributed through IODA, never heard of before. Contacted IODA and they took the tunes down. Asked IODA if i could maintain my tunes with them, they said NO.

Confused by everything, yet still wanting to make the songs available, i put the tunes with the Orchard via amphead in Australia. Paid extra dollars to get a promotional push. Nothing happens. Even with the current use in the film, the orchard are not interested in doing promo.

.This has all been refreshed in the last days, because of an upload to cdbaby. after all this i thought to go and check out the itsaboutmusic site.

what they say on their website.

We have distribution deals with 130 download stores, kiosk companies, retail music streaming companies and cellular companies around the world including all iTunes sites – USA, Japan, UK, etc., Rhapsody, MusicMatch, Napster, MSN, Wal-Mart, AOL – and we work feverishly to reinvent this new digital wheel every day so that more and more music fans will purchase our artists’ music.

The problem is that IODA distribute to these stores not itsaboutmusic. And on IODA’s site itsaboutmusic is not listed as a partner, how would any artist that has an issue with itsaboutmusic be able to complain? How many other labels is IODA allowing to claim that they are the distributor?

itsaboutmusic is also saying
13. No Contracts to sign except one to specify that the music you are delivering to us will only be distributed digitally by us until you terminate the deal.

The worst thing seems that the artist that sign up have to pay 250 dollars up front to IAM, cdbaby is only 30 dollars and take 9 percent. I can’t see that itsaboutmusic is really doing much for the artist, other than passing it onto another distributor. It seems this kind of arrangement works well for both IODA and itsaboutmusic.

i sent emails to IODA asking them that itsaboutmusic service be represented as it is, no response yet. Yet would it not create problems for artists with IAM if they found out what is happening, or are they happy with this? 15 percent to IODA and 10 percent to IAM. With the Orchard and cdbaby I’m able to login to their system and see where digital downloads might happen, even though not much happens with either of these services.

Most artists want to get as close to the big distributor as they can, when a guy is running a business alone from home is claiming to be big distribution, yet another company is really doing the distribution. Is the distributor responsible for this happening? Is it a problem that this guy who is making a false claims about his service is also distributing royalties to artists.

Maybe this kind of thing is standard business practice in the US, yet with the web crossing all boundaries, its strange for a big distributor like IODA, to leave room for such potential abuse. Why is itsaboutmusic not listed on IODA’s website as a distributor? How many other sites online are doing the same thing through IODA? Is this fair for artists trying to find a way for their tunes to be heard?

Interview with Steinar

March 17, 2008

Steinar works at Kunsthall art gallery in Bergen, it seems that the art created in Norway that is not attached to some kind of cultural publishing stream, finds it difficult to get any kind of platform. Although US artists have little cultural funding, they do have a very much less regulated art world. If this creates a more real art environment or not who can say. Most US artists seem happy to make their way over to Europe and tour through the cultural landscape if they can. It does seem that few acts tour Europe that are self published. the ones that are self published are most likely going to be performing art that others created.

My experience of Norway is that almost every artists from outside Norway that does a show here is with a publisher. The conclusion in Norway seems to be a little like this: if you can’t find a publisher in your own country then why should we allow you to perform here.

For artists in Norway it seems: we can give you money to make what you want, yet if you want to get exposure for what you create, your at the mercy of the publishers and cultural funds. If you (as an artists) create content without a cultural publisher or commercial publisher then your only (most likely) going to be able to show this to your friends. You can play for free in a bar and your friends can drink lots of beer. Conclusion: oh yeah, its unfortunate that we don’t create any public spaces for these kind of events, if we did we would be under minding the well organized cultural publishing system that we have in place. So that is just not going to happen.

Punks, keep on filling in forms. Artists in central and western Europe might have an easier task at getting content out than any artists based in Norway. Although its not really possible to pay a professional in Europe to book a self published artists shows in Euopre. Yet i am finding that this also apllies in the US. DIY is the only way and those that don’t deal with DIY artists, well they are the enemy.

please find the truth for yourself, this could be more science fiction.

Niaal works in the Bar at Vamoose and is in a band

March 16, 2008

Niaal works in the bar at Vamoose. Over the past 3 years performing in Venues around Norway.

Niaal Performs in

The low Frequency In Stereo

The Megaphonic Thrift

The Alexandria Quartet


Hein from Amsterdam

March 9, 2008
We met at Waterhole (venue in Amsterdam). Hein was watching some of his friends performing covers. It seems the only gig a self published artist can get in Amsterdam is playing content owned by a publisher or playing in a competition for free.
You can find out more info about Hein Japp and the band he performs with @

Serg from Antwerp

March 9, 2008

James King talks about SABAM

March 9, 2008

norway film maker

March 9, 2008

canada rights organization

January 29, 2008

i read this at this link

In Canada the songs organization want to put a 60 dollar tax on every net connection and allow free file sharing. my response that seemed to have got lost in a huge ocean of response. My response was this.

what about art that people want to give away free. why would people pay for that? seems like a law not fair to artists not with labels and publishers. good law for the bureaucracy. what rights organizations tend to forget is that people are just not buying as much content as they used to. people are making more content at home. technology has changed yet the laws have stayed the same. these rights organizations were created for the publishers not the artists. with the net we don’t need them publishers or labels anymore.

we also don’t need them political people making decisions that make life better for corporations than people. what to do?

its not oil free

January 28, 2008

On facebook they have a group saying that digital music is oil free. response:

facebook group link are they going to delete the post?

one thing that is not oil free is all the money spent on promotion of music via publishers and labels. the best thing you can do for the environment is not pay for content owned by any label or publisher and buy content put out by self publishers, that is not joined to rights organizations. so really its not true that digital music is oil free. if you don’t buy it its less oil free. yet even then maybe having that music helps that published artist sell product via use of that content. its all a scam and you label people know it in your heart. go plant a tree and be real.

Last FM Creative Commons

November 29, 2007

A couple of months back this thread started on a last FM’s forum. Today I noticed that in conjunction with Mozilla is sponsoring an event that celebrates five years of Creative Commons.

Now if an artist, label or publisher tags their song with the words Creative Commons, the song goes into the Creative Commons charts. Read this thread for more information. For now artists or net labels are not able to upload using any type of Creative Commons licenses; a Creative Commons chart within last.FM’s system is a good step forward.

How last FM works ?

Type in the name of your favorite artist… into the last FM search engine. You are then taken to a page that says “Now playing:… Similar Artists”. The first track you listen to is the artist you choose, then to similar artists, example. The user has the option of clicking on a heart button to say weather they like the track playing or not, by doing this you create your own play list. The next artists playing is a different artist and so on. Each band or artist playing has a buy link that the listener can visit. Last FM has no advertising brakes, this sets apart from all other forms of music radio media.’s revenue.

Last Fm’s revenue comes from banners and preferences given to content played.

Information from’s website.

* 100 impressions for $20.00
* 500 impressions for $100.00
* 1,000 impressions for $200.00
* 2,000 impressions for $400.00

Book a Powerplay campaign to target a set amount of radio plays for a track to a specific group of users. After you’ve run your Powerplay campaign, you will be able to access statistics of how your track has been received.

Pay and be heard.

Artist’s label’s and publisher’s are able to “pay and be heard” on last FM. In Australia it is illegal to “pay and be heard” on radio. Its the responsibility of a programmer to decide what is played and what is not. A publisher, artist or label is able to bring content to the station. Its upto the radio network to pay the programmer to do her or his job. Last FM may be just a little closer to the reality of the music business.

Rights for use of content? have to pay the rights organizations for use of content, does not ask the artist when they become a member of their service, if they are a member of a rights organization or not. This means most likely pay a blanket license fee for the use of content. When an artist not with a rights organization is being played on, still pay for use of that content. Its possible that a fair chunk of’s revenue goes towards paying rights organizations. How are the rights organizations going to react when Creative Commons content is played via in non-profit spaces. If these organization only play content from the CC last.FM charts they be in a situation where they would not have to pay for use of this content.

A self publishing artist using last FM, why?

The system looks to support the established publishing/label industry. The system gives the opportunity for un-known artists to tap into the fan bass of a well-known established artists with a similar style and possibly sell music through i-tunes, paypal, cdbaby, amazon…. For an artist to be heard beyond the community of people that she or he comes in direct contact with, seems to be an expensive process. Creative Commons charts could change this.

Free culture & rights organizations?

People like music without hearing advertisements. With wifi moving everywhere is going to last? As the system gets more and more popular, the cost for the use of content might go up. Listening to radio without having commercial brakes gives a competitive edge in the market place, this might be seen as un-fair. Are publishers, artists & labels (companies that use banners) going to bring in enough revenue to pay for the use of this content? Could be shut down by the right organizations?

Music business.

The music business looks to have turned from the exploitation of the public for revenue to that of the “self publishing” artist. The explosion in artistic content created, fueled by the net and an explosion in technology, makes the exploitation of unrealistic dreams a good business. Its good business for the music business to maintain low standards of content within the market. “Pay and be heard”, pay this and our festival might consider you for a performance. Pay 20 dollars for your song to be reviewed. Put three songs on an album written by famous artists so public might find your content on i-tunes. Where does free-culture fit into all this?

thoughts on free culture

November 19, 2007

response to mail thread about how to get free-culture to work.

The idea of being able to make a living through music without having a live performance aspect to the art is not so common for DIY artists. Also consider if the act is solo or with a band. Artist is in Europe, US or developing/ transforming country. So many variables, no one size fits all.

Free music distributor has 5000 Albums on site, from April to July Jamendo made 3000 Euros for artists through advertising revenue, that was split with artists according to how much content was used. This is less than a euro an album, consider the amount of time that goes into creating that content. The contributor to the site also gets a load of banners when they visit the network. The fan has the option of giving a donation, yet few contribute. This is good distribution for the artist/band yet with no live show to go with the performance what to do ?

iarts launched

October 26, 2007

Solutions to problems around us can be found by sharing and communicating ideas.

Reform APRA. Getting music artists in Australia to put pressure on APRA (collection society) to create a one member one vote system. Currently voting rights are structured so that for every 500 dollars that an artist or publisher collects, the artist or publisher gets one extra vote. With new technologies it makes sense to have equal voting rights for all members. Consider that the conditions that the board of APRA create, effect the way that members and non members deal with commercial and non-commercial spaces . APRA members are not able to use a creative commons license and remain within the terms of the agreement that the board of APRA maintain. Websitemyspace

Hungry Artists Feed Hungry People. Artists giving up commercial rights for the use of their content to a charity of choice. HAFHPmyspace icommonsOpenbusiness

Artist Press Kit. Creating a press kit (media station) for artists, where the media comes to the artist rather than the artist going to the media. openbusinessicommons

Create Incentives For Artists to be Artists. Create an organization that would collect
and distribute works that would be used in commercial streams.
Encourage artists to license works allowing commercial use. Create
incentives for artists. icommons

Titanic Radio. Why
not bring Wiki, Creative Commons, Public Domain content together and
make it available for broadcast through a wireless network to a device
with unlimited channels ?

Decentralized “broadcasting” network.
website icommons

Explain creative commons licenses to Artists. The objective of this project is to give
balanced advice to artists on the advantages, disadvantages, risks and
rewards that their use of Creative Commons licenses may involve. Icommons

any feedback is much appreciated. jam@iarts.CC


unearthed radio

October 23, 2007

I would like to see Australian artists able to upload content to the JJJ unearthed website using a creative commons non-commercial license. Why is this a good idea ? This would create a stream of content that could be broadcast to non-profit organizations. This would lower costs for non-profits and give needed exposure to the art and ideas.

The ABC/JJJ is a non-profit organization that provides entertainment to the youth of Australia. Part of the ABC/JJJ’s mission is to connect art from within your community of listeners to your listeners. When considering this idea: APRA maintain a system that provides exposure to published works, not self published works. Self published non-professional artists are not encouraged to join APRA by APRA. With the net and new technologies the amount of content available for use has increased, yet the cost of content via the rights organizations has increased. With the price of content increasing there is little incentive to use self published works.


September 23, 2007

articles on icommons site

myspace & collection society

what is art to icommons

article Dominick Chen wrote about me at the summit. thanks


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